Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

international official competition jury

Alice Rohrwacher

Born in Fiesole, Italy, in 1981, she majored in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Turin, and worked as a musician, teacher, and editor. Her first feature-length film Corpo celeste (2011) premiered at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, got nominated for a David di Donatello and won the Ingmar Bergman Award for best international debut in Gotemburg, the Nastri d’Argento of Italian film critics, and the Ciak d’Oro for Bets Opera Prima. Her second film, The Wonders (2014), also premiered in Cannes (where it was awarded, as it was in Munich and Abu Dhabi), is programmed in the Panorama section.

Carlo Chatrian

A journalist, writer and programmer, he was born in Turin, Italy, in 1971 and majored in Literature and Philocophy at the lcoal university. Since the early Nineties he has been working as a film critic in the magazines Filmcritica, Duellanti and Cineforum, as well as Panoramiques, which he directs. He has published essays on filmmakers such as Wong Kar-wai, Frederick Wiseman and Errol Morris. In 2002 he started working in the Locarno Film Festival; between 2006 and 2009 he was a member of the programming board, and since 2012 he is the festival’s artistic director. He also runs the foundation “Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste”.

David Schwartz

David Schwartz is Chief Curator at Museum of the Moving Image in New York, USA, where he has worked since 1985. He is responsible for the Museum’s wide-ranging film screenings, including the First Look Festival –a showcase of groundbreaking international cinema– and is a key member of the exhibition planning team. He was the co-curator of the exhibition “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones”. Schwartz is also a visiting professor in Cinema Studies at Purchase College in the New York State University.

Fernando Martín Peña

Born in Buenos Aires in 1968, he graduated in 1991 from the National Film Institute’s Film School, where he specialized in research and criticism. A teacher and journalist, he co-directed Film magazine and founded the Filmoteca Buenos Aires cinematheque together with Octavio Fabiano. He published the books Gag: La comedia en el cine and Generaciones 60/90, among others. He was the artistic director of Bafici between November 2004 and December 2007, and since 2002 coordinates the Film area of Malba museum. Together with Fabio Manes, he created the TV show Filmoteca - Temas de cine and the Bazofi film festival.

Jorge Ayala Blanco

Born in Mexico City in 1942, he has been a film critic for 52 years, “without missing one week of work”. He currently writes for the website of newspaper El Financiero and the cultural journal La Digna Metáfora. He’s a Film History and Analysis professor since 1964 at the CUEC-UNAM, and has published more than thirty books on Mexican and foreign cinema, and the exhibition circuit in his country. He received several awards, including the la Salvador Toscano Medal of Cinematographic Merit and the José C. Valadés Achievement in Film Research. 

argentine official competition jury

Alejandro Díaz Castaño

He was born in Asturias, Spain, in 1979. Since 2000, he has collaborated with publications such as Miradas de Cine, Lumière, Transit or La Furia Umana, and the magazines Caimán - Cuadernos de Cine (formerly Cahiers du Cinéma - España) and Rockdelux. He’s a member of FIPRESCI, and has written texts for the catalogues of the Gijón, Sitges and Buenos Aires film festivals. He started his film programmer career in FICXixón (during 2010 and 2011), and is the head of the programing department of the Seville European Film Festival since 2012.

Gonzalo Maza

Born in 1975, he’s a producer and scriptwriter. He studied Journalism at the Cathoilic University of Chile and worked for a decade in several media as a journalist, film critic, and editor. He has been an executive producer and writer for TV shows, sitcoms, and documentaries. In 2009, he co-wrote the Sebastian Lelio’s Christmas, and one year later they both created Muchas Gracias a company that –together with Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fábula– produced the films The Year of The Tiger and Gloria. He currently works as a programmer for the Valdivia Film Festival.

Inés Bortagaray

Born in Salto, Uruguay, in 1975, she’s a co-writer of the films A Stray Girlfriend, My Friend fom The Park (both directed by Ana Katz) and Federico Veiroj’s A Useful Life. She collaborated in the scripts of Verónica Chen’s Rabbit Woman, and Guillermo Casanova’s Otra historia del mundo. Together with Adrián Biniez, she wrote the TV show El fin del mundo, whose original idea she shares with Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll. She’s the author of Ahora tendré que matarte and Prontos, listos, ya. Her chronicles and short stories have been published in anthologies and publication in Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Panama, and the US.

Nathan Silver

Born in USA, he majored in Creative Writing in 2005 at the Tisch School of the Arts in the University of New York. In 2009 he wrote and directed his first feature-length film The Blind. His two following films Exit Elena (2012) and Soft in the Head (2013), were screened in the 15 th Bafici. Hos last two, Uncertain Terms (2014) and Stinking Heaven (2015), are screened in this edition’s Panorama section. Recently, the prestigious Filmmaker Magazine Filmmaker Magazine named him “one of the most interesting emerging directors in US indie film.”

Rüdiger Suchsland

Born in Germany in 1968, he lives in Berlin. He studied History, Philosophy and Political Sciences. He works as a journalist and film critic in written media, radio and the Internet, and is also a curator and professor of film theory and popular culture. He’s part of the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Festival’s staff. Last year he directed his first documentary film From Caligari to Hitler, which premiered in the Venice Film Festival and is programmed in the focus A Secret History of Weimar Cinema in this edition of Bafici. He’s currently working in two new film projects.

argentine short films jury

Camila Gutiérrez

Born in 1985, she studied Literature at the University of Chile and has an MA in Journalism Writing at the Catholic University. She collaborated in several media, such as the magazine Sábado, Gatopardo and The Clinic, where she currently se works as a columnist. She was a co-writer for Princesita (shot this year) and Young and Wild, the film by Marialy Rivas based on her life, and awarded as Best Film in the Avant-Garde and Genre section of Bafici ‘13. She wrote the book of the same title, published by Penguin Random House in 2013, and already on its fifth edition.

Jazmín López

A filmmaker and visual artist, she was born in Buenos Aires in 1984 and graduated from Universidad del Cine. She also attended a work clinic with Jorge Macchi and Guillermo Kuitca at Torcuato Di Tella Univiersity. She directed the short films Parece la pierna de una muñeca (Bafici ‘07), Juego vivo (Bafici ‘08) and Te amo y morite (Bafici ‘09). Her first film Lions was part of the International Competition of Bafici ’13, and was screened in the Venice Film Festival, the Viennale and the MoMA in New York, among others. She just finished a residence at the KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin, Germany.

Jodie Mack

She was born in 1983 in London, England, and studied film, video, and new media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling. Her 16mm films have been exhibited in international festivals such as Rotterdam, Edinburgh, and New York. Thirteen of them will be screened in the Panorama section of this Bafici edition, divided into two different programs. 

avant-garde & genre jury

Fernando Ganzo

Born in Santander, Spain, he studied Journalism in Bilbao. A chief-writer for the magazine SoFilm (which is published in French and Spanish) and co-founder of Lumière, he regularly writes for other publications, such as Trafic and Comparative Cinema, and participates in TV and radio shows. Coordinator o the collective book George Cukor: On/Off Hollywood, he recently wrote for Filmer, dit-elle: Le cinéma de Marguerite Duras, and currently coordinates a book on Sam Peckinpah. He has also programmed film series and taught college courses.

Manuela Martelli

Born in Chile in 1983, she majored in Theater and Arts from the Catholic University of Chile in 2007 and has an MA in Filmmaking from the University of Temple, USA. As an actress, she has participated in more than fifteen films, including Machuca, Christman, The Future, Two Shots Fired and The Magnetic Tree. She directed the short film Apnea (2014), which is screened in the Panorama section, and is a co-writer for Dominga Sotomayor’s Mar, which participates in the Argentine Competition. She’s currently working on her first feature-length film 1976, produced by Cinestación.

Santiago Mitre

He was born in Buenos Aires in 1980. He was one of the four directors of El amor (primera parte), which participated in the Argentine Competition of Bafici ‘04. He was a scriptwriter for Pablo Trapero’s Lion’s Den and Carancho, before directing his first solo film The Student (International Competition in Bafici ‘11). He also co-directed, with Juan Onofri Barbato, the medium-length film Los posibles, screened in Bafici ‘13. A partner in the independent production company La Unión de los Ríos, he’s currently finishing post-production of his second fiction film La patota, which will be released this year.

human rights competition jury

Carlos Roberto Rodrigues de Souza

Born in Brazil, he majored in Communication at the School of Communication and Art of the University of Sao Paulo, where he also got an MA in Arts and a PhD in Communication Sciences with his thesis “The Brazilian Cinematheque and Film Preservation in Brazil”. His post-doctorate thesis addresses the impact of the arrival of sound in Brazilian cinema. He’s a professor in the Image and Sound post-graduate program of the Federal University of São Carlos. He has published books and articles on film history, and also directed several documentary short films.

María Valdez

A professor and researcher of film history, theory, and analysis, she was a juror, organizer, and keynote speaker in international conferences on interdisciplinary studies about film, literature, and cultural studies. He worked as a Bafici programmer in the 2000 and 2001 editions. He has been a jury for thesis, faculty selections, film festivals, and the National Art Fund. She writes about cinema in the academic scene. She is currently the head of the Arts and Technologies program of the National University of Quilmes.

Ramón Lluís Bande

He was born in Gijón, Spain, in 1972. Among the many activities he has developed in recent years, some of the most noted are his work as a journalist, writer, and songwriter. His work as a filmmaker is focused on non-fiction languages, with titles like El fulgor (2002; Bafici ‘03), De la fuente (2004), El Paisano, un retratu colectivu (2005) or Equí y n’otru tiempu, which was selected for the Avant-Garde and Genre competition in this Bafici. In the last decade, he has developed several documentary series for Asturian public television. He has published over ten books.


Audience Award

Best Argentine Film - Audience Award sponsored by Cinecolor

Best International Film - Audience Award sponsored by Cinecolor

Best Little BAFICI Film

Human Rights Competition

  • Best Film

Avant-Garde & Genre

  • Grand Prize - Avant-Garde & Genre
  • Best Feature Film - Avant-Garde & Genre
  • Best Short Film - Avant-Garde & Genre

Short Films Official Selection

  • First Prize
    Sinsistema grants a prize consisting of post-production services including the use of the color correction suite for up to 4 full days andthe encoding of a DCP master for a short film of up to 30 minutes.


  • Second Prize
    Sinsistema grants a prize consisting of post-production services includingthe encoding of a DCP master for a short film of up to 30 minutes.


  • Third Prize

Sound designand soundtrack workincluding the production of original music for a short film of up to 30 minutes. Including up to 30 hours of studio time with a sound technician.


Argentine Official Selection

  • Best Director - Argentine Official Selection
    Alta Definición Argentina and La Burbuja Sonido jointly award a prize consisting of equipment for shooting 2K/4K for 4 weeks and audio post-production sessions.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture awards a grant of 10,000 pesos.


  • Best Film - Argentine Official Selection
    The Ministry of Culture awards a grant of 150,000 pesos. Cinecolor awards a prize consisting of 3 full-day conform sessions, 5 full-day color correction sessions, 3 full-day visual effects sessions –with an editor, colorist and art director – and the digitization for DCP, the creation of a DCP with 10 keys for a director’s future feature length project. The winning film also gets a week-long commercial run at two theaters of the Village Cines cinema chain, including the Recoleta one, on adate to be determined. 

International Official Selection

  • Best Actress
  • Best Actor
  • Best Director
  • Special Jury Award
  • Best Film: Z Films gives 5,000 dollars to the winning film for the acquisition of the theatrical, DVD and TV rights in Argentina.The film also gets a week-long commercial run at two theaters of the Village Cines chain, including the Recoleta one, on a date to be determined. 


The 17th BAFICI will also be graced with the participation of jury members from the following institutions:


  • Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos Argentinos (Argentine Film Critics Association)
  • ADF
  • EDA & SAE



The awarded editor will receive a plaque of distinction from the Asociación Argentina de Editores Audiovisuales (EDA) and the Sociedad Argentina de Editores Audiovisuales (SAE), and an Avid Media Composer license granted by SVC.

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